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Newland charged with murder in death of Jamie Drake

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The 20-year old man accused of killing Jamie Drake in June now faces two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Possession of Stolen Property.  Prosecutors filed paperwork against Kevin Newland on Wednesday.

Court documents released on Wednesday also show the manner in which Drake died.  They allege Newland used plastic bags to suffocate Drake, and that he admitted to killing the woman at her north Spokane apartment before hiding her body beneath a cabin in rural Stevens County. 

A Spokane County Major Crimes detective says 20-year old Kevin Newland was seen by many friends and family driving Drake's Ford Mustang.  He also made numerous purchases with her debit card between June 22nd and June 27th.  Based on the results of his investigation, the detective said probable cause existed to charge Newland with Drake's murder.

Drake disappeared from her apartment on E. Westview Court on June 22nd.  She was last seen alive by a neighbor who saw her returning to her apartment from her evening shift at the Subway sandwich shop on the 9200 block of N. Colton.  Her body was found wrapped in a sheet, hidden beneath the floor of a summer cabin owned by the suspect's mother.  Newland took detectives to the site in Stevens County on June 29th and showed them the covered hatch through which he reportedly placed the body.

An autopsy revealed that Drake died of "suffocation due to homicidal violence".

Newland has been held in the Spokane County Jail since being arrested in Maple Valley, Washington for the possession of Drake's Mustang.  He was charged at that time with Possession of Stolen Property, but a high bond was requested and granted as detectives continued the investigation into the murder of Jamie Drake.
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